How should we understand biblical texts that speak of development and struggle in the life of Jesus Christ? Luke 2:40, 52, for example, speak of Jesus growing and maturing, and increasing in favour with both God and man. Hebrews makes it clear that the dynamism of Christ’s life is essential to his role as the believer’s heavenly high priest (Hebrews 2:18, Hebrews 5:14-16). In Chapter 3 Trueman wants to highlight how a representative of Reformed Orthodoxy, John Owen (1616–83), developed a doctrine of Christ that is adequate to handle the textual issues from the perspective of classical doctrine. The role of the Holy Spirit in the incarnation is specifically noted.
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